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Roof Prices Increasing Amid Skilled Labor Shortage, Material Prices

RCV Roofing and Seamless Gutters roofer works on the gutters of a Bloomington home. (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

Roofing prices in Bloomington are up an average of 3 to 5 percent compared to last year, according to estimates from a local roofing company.

Increased material prices and tariffs are partly to blame, says Jay Nelson, owner of RCV Roofing and Seamless Gutters.

Prices for the materials the company uses have increased by 10 percent this year.

“Our gutter prices have actually increased for the consumers just recently because aluminum has gone up,” Nelson says. “The steel has gone up for metal roofing. But all we can do is raise the prices because our prices have been raised.”

Nelson says another spike is likely because of a shortage of skilled labor.

Not enough people are entering into the field and it will cause prices to increase dramatically, he says. Bloomington is not yet feeling the effects of labor shortage because of how many roofing businesses are in the area.

“Material and labor has gone up,” Nelson says. “However not a lot of people are raising their prices to accommodate those changes in order to offer competitive prices.”

Unlike some Indiana cities and areas of Indianapolis, Bloomington does not require roofers to be licensed. Nelson says requiring roofers to be licensed would mean better roof regulations and more consistent prices.

“Companies would have to follow rules, compared to a free-for-all,” he says.

A lot of Bloomington homes are reaching the 20 year mark of needing a new roof or repairs, he says. People should look into reviews before choosing a company.

Nelson says the uncertainty surrounding tariffs means roofing quotes may be inaccurate because material costs are constantly changing.

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